Lightroom Before and After - Details in the Dark
I want to highlight (pun I know) what details are retained in the shadows of an image when shooting towards the sun in RAW on a DSLR.
Using Lightroom I used a few graduated filters to recover the dark space of the original image to bring it out to how the scene would have looked, in terms of light distribution, without making it look like I have used any sort of ugly HDR techniques.
To make the clouds look more ethereal and heavenly, so to speak, I again used a graduated filter or two, set to negative clarity while slightly increasing the contrast so as not to wash the sky out.
I hope you find this useful for when a photograph looks to dark to use, try using graduated filters. Remember to shoot in RAW so you retain as much detail and information in the image.
NB: there are many other edits going on in this photograph, I just wanted to explain how to bring out the shadows.
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